Care plans and looked after child reviews
Produced in partnership with Tom Higgin of Suffolk County Council
Care plans and looked after child reviews

The following Local Government practice note Produced in partnership with Tom Higgin of Suffolk County Council provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Care plans and looked after child reviews
  • When is a care plan required?
  • What is a care plan?
  • Who is responsible for producing the care plan?
  • What should a care plan contain?
  • Challenging a care plan
  • Outside of care proceedings
  • During care proceedings
  • At the end of care proceedings
  • Challenge after the end of proceedings
  • More...

Chapter 1 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 (CASWA 2017) introduces an obligation on local authorities to consider additional general needs, known as principles, when dealing with children who are looked after children, relevant children and former relevant children under the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989). These changes were brought into force on 19 March 2018 and 1 April 2018 by way of secondary legislation and updated statutory guidance.

For more information, see News Analysis: Stricter requirements for looked after children and care leavers and LNB News 13/03/2018 40.

So far, guidance about improving education for looked after children and provision of advisers for care leavers has been published. The Local Government Association has also produced a resource pack on Corporate Parenting Principles.

Please note: the information in this Practice Note relates to the current law in England. The law in Wales in this area is covered by the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 and related statutory instruments such as the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (Wales) Regulations 2015 (the Welsh regulations), SI 2015/1818. Note that regulations 4 and 5 of the Welsh regulations reproduce the wording of the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) Regulations 2010, SI 2010/959.

When is a care plan required?

Where a child or young person is not in the care of the responsible authority and a care

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